Simbard Ogbuatu, APC’s public relations officer in Ebonyi, in a statement issued Friday in Abakaliki, recommended to APC members and supporters to dismiss the news.
“The Congress of All Progressives in Ebonyi circulated the news in the media with the headline,” Orji Kalu, Umahi in a desperate move to return to the PDP, “attributed to a certain Dr. Isaac Nkole, a PDP chieftain in Abia.
“The report quoted the chieftain as saying that Governor Dave Umahi also wants to return to PDP.
“But, we wish to boldly state that Umahi has not made, either in person, a representative or through a substitute and will never make any move to return to the ‘Social Club’ known as PDP, ” Ogbuatu said.
According to him, Umahi is at home in APC as the party’s leader for more than a year and urged the public to ignore the news as a “figment of the creator’s imagination.”
He said Umahi’s defection to APC was not done for selfish enrichment, but for the good of Ebonyi and the Southeast area.
“Umahi’s desertion to the national party did not come as stupefaction, nor did he join to enrich himself selfishly.
“Defection is a well thought out move that was decided in the best interest of Ebonyi in particular and the Southeast in general.
“His Excellency saw the need to follow the line of former nationalists like the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, from the area who had always believed in downtown politics,” he said.
Ogbuatu also said that Umahi defected to APC to join President Muhammadu Buhari and other well-meaning Nigerians in taking the country to the next level.
He said that under the Buhari administration, all parts of the southeast had benefited from infrastructure development.
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